I am pleased to say that I have now been ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Chief celebrant, Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster, assisted by Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary, with a dozen priests and a large congregation gathered at St Bernadette’s in Bispham Blackpool for a 90-min service. I was particularly pleased to see Fr Christopher Wren, Vicar of St Paul’s Marton where I assisted for 8 years and some members of his congregation present, and my wife Alicia read a lesson and my daughter Yvonne presented me with a chasuble for the vesting of the newly ordained. It was truly a grace- and Spirit-filled occasion and I am immensely grateful to God for allowing me to serve as priest in the Catholic Church, and I hope and pray that I may be worthy of my call and tirelessly work for the salvation of souls and the extension of his Kingdom.
I thank you all for your prayers, Masses and good wishes. I shall be offering the Holy Sacrifice for your intentions next Sunday at 11 am.
I will be offering my First Mass as chief celebrant on Friday 15th June, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, at 7 pm at St Bernadette’s.